Below is a review of the West posts that appeared May 17 through Saturday, May 23.
The road to a WPIAL Class AAA title would seem to run through the west. Five of the eight quarterfinalists were from the west, guaranteeing at least one team (the winner of the Hopewell-West Allegheny game) in the semifinals, then Montour's win put a second team into the position of playing at least two more games.
In the semifinals opposite Montour, Blackhawk and Knoch will be battling this afternoon at North Allegheny. The other semifinal will feature the winner of the Hopewell-West Allegheny game at Burkett at 6:30 against the winner of the Central Valley-Chartiers Valley game in the same place at 4:30.
That the five teams have reached this stage, though, isn't a surprise. They have combined to win 63 games so far and Montour has been especially strong in the playoffs, upsetting 14-win West Mifflin in the first round and 12-win Indiana in the second.
The season started with the weather dominating all the talk about baseball. Now, we've reached the WPIAL quarterfinal stage and the weather takes over again.
A few games were able to be played before the skies opened on Monday but seven of the scheduled 16 games were played to completion. Two of the three local teams playing in those seven games probably wish their games had been rained out as well.
In Class A, the lone remaining team – Western Beaver – fell to top-seeded California 3-1. In Class AA, 4th-seeded Riverside fell to 5th-seeded Quaker Valley 5-0 as Akron-bound Tyler Garbee shut out the Panthers.
In Class AA, New Brighton will take on top-seeded Keystone Oaks today at North Allegheny. Should the Lions win, they will have a rematch with Quaker Valley.
Final 2015 Regular Season statistical leaders for WPIAL West area teams.
(Minimum 30 at-bats)
Name, School - AB - H - Avg
Matt Evans, Quigley Catholic - 41 - 23 - .561
Joe Campagna, Blackhawk - 36 - 19 - .528
Jake Schwab, Quigley Catholic - 40 - 21 - .525
Adam Check, Montour - 30 - 15 - .500
Santino Platt, OLSH - 61 - 30 - .492
Bradley Eckman, Freedom - 43 - 21 - .488
R.J. Debo, New Brighton - 49 - 23 - .469
Timmy Hampe, Freedom - 42 - 19 - .452
Below is a review of the West posts that appeared May 10 through Saturday, May 16.